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World Ports Conference: Discuss LNG Trends

IAPH Encourages More Ports’ Involvement to Help Shape Best Industry Practices and Regulations   With the global shipping industry showing increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel for vessels, members of the International Association of Ports and Harbors are laying the groundwork for how ports worldwide can accommodate this emerging trend. LNG will be the focus of technical committee and panel discussions at IAPH’s 28th World Ports Conference May 6-10 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. It is generally expected that by 2015 a number of progressive shipping lines will have LNG-powered vessels in their fleet, presenting a challenge for ports and shipping lines worldwide. Some vessels today are already LNG-powered and more are on order. According to a recent study from the Danish Maritime Authority the current use of natural gas within the SECA-zone is expected to increase by 140% by 2020, due to the use of LNG as a shipping fuel and usage on land by trucks and busses. Using LNG instead of conventional fuels offers substantial environmental benefits in comparison to conventional fuels. Sulfur and particle emissions would be reduced to almost zero, nitrogen oxide emissions by 85-90 per cent and net greenhouse gases by 15-20%. Overall, LNG is a cleaner, more cost-competitive fuel, and it meets the upcoming 2015 IMO regulations


IMO PaperSmart Meeting Restructures Sub-Committees

The IMO Council, meeting for its 109th session in London has endorsed, in principle, a restructuring of IMO's Sub-Committees. The Council meeting was the first “PaperSmart” meeting for the Organization, and was considered a success by delegates. Delegates were invited to make the meeting "paperless" (PaperSmart), to reduce costs and make IMO meetings "environment friendly".  Delegates were asked to come to the meeting with their own laptops


Ship Emissions Tops IMO Agenda

Work on reviewing regulations to reduce emissions of air pollutants from ships was high on the agenda when the IMO Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) met for its 11th session from 16-20 April 2007. It followed on from an intersessional meeting of the BLG Working Group on Air Pollution, which took place from 13 to 17 November 2006, in Oslo, Norway, to develop the necessary MARPOL amendments. The Working Group on Air Pollution was reconvened during the current session, chaired by Mr


BAE Lands Sub Export Order

Spanish shipbuilding firm Navantia has placed an order for parts for four diesel-electric subs. Under the deal, BAE will make eight pressure domes at its base in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and deliver them to Navantia by the end of 2007. BAE saw off competition from Germany, France, Russia and the US to win the parts order. The deal marks the company's first foray into the newbuild export market since 1987 - although BAE has carried out refurbishment work on other submarines.


Star Bulk Updates Employment Status of Star Beta

Under the related time charter agreement, ICI was obligated to pay Star Bulk a gross daily charter hire rate of $106,500 until February 2010. In turn, ICI sub-chartered the vessel for one year to Oldendorff Gmbh & Co. KG of (Oldendorff) at a gross daily charter hire rate of $130,000 until February 2009. ICI has assigned its rights and obligations under the sub-charter to Star Bulk in exchange for it being released from the remaining term of the ICI charter.


GD Wins $8m for Virginia-class Sub Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $8.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to procure components for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will procure material for the construction of Advanced Integrated Low Pressure Electrolyzers used on Virginia-class submarines


IMO Establishes New Division to Reinforce Security

Enhanced focus on maritime security in IMO Secretariat IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has established a new subdivision within the IMO Secretariat’s Maritime Safety Division to reinforce the high priority given by the Organization to matters of maritime security. The new sub-division will provide a stronger focus on security matters and will address the complimentary issue of facilitation of maritime traffic


What Happened to the Hunley?

Since its sinking on February 17, 1864, researchers and historians have pondered the above question for more than a century. What we do know, however is that a piece of Civil War history had been lying on the floor of Charleston Harbor off the coast of South Carolina. For all this time, no one, except showman P.T. Barnum (he once offered a $100,000 for the Hunley's recover during the 19th Century) had attempted to recover the doomed sub.


Analox wins US and UK Naval Contracts

Analox has been awarded a contract by the US Defense department for the supply of a 40 additional Sub MkIIP Submarine Escape Monitors. This adds to the fleet’s current pool of 209 operational Sub MkIIP analysers.  In addition to supplying the fleet, Analox is contracted to the annual in service support of the analysers. The Sub MkIIP is a vital decision making aid on any disabled submarine, and part of a unique set of escape and rescue equipments installed onto the submarine in


Treasure Hunters to Get Custom ROV

The Lamprey Rover: Image credit Sub Sea Research

Treasure hunters Sub Sea Research team up with Howe and Howe Technologies to recover 'Port Nicholson' cargo. Last year, Sub Sea Research made international news with the announcement of their discovery of the $4 billion gold and platinum cargo aboard the SS Port Nicholson, a freighter that was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Massachusetts in 1942. A year on, Sub Sea Research has teamed up with Maine-based, award winning technology company Howe and Howe


Universal LNG, Sembcorp Marine Pact for West Africa LNG Development

Image: Offshore Engineering by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd

 Universal LNG Holdings has launched West Africa LNG Development, a ground-breaking solution partnership between Universal LNG Holdings and Sembcorp Marine Group Company.   With Sembcorp Marine's wholly owned subsidiary Jurong Shipyard participation


Australia Announces Reforms to Coastal Trading Regime

  In its budget this week, Australia's Federal government announced reforms for foreign-flagged vessels operating in the country's waters. The new measures appear to revert to something similar to the earlier pre-2012 coastal trading system.


Northrop Grumman VMS Approved for US Navy Subs

Northrop Grumman's Voyage Management System approved for use on U.S. Navy SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines    The U.S. Navy has approved the use of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Voyage Management System (VMS), version 9.3, onboard SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines. 


US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey

Image: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports.   U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine


Bollore Consortium Misses out on Cameroon's Kribi Port Shortlist

A consortium led by France's Bollore failed to make the final shortlist of firms vying to manage a new container terminal in Cameroon's southern port of Kribi, according to a commission report seen by Reuters on Monday.   The government commission


Finland Fires at Suspected Foreign Submarine near Helsinki

Photo: Finnish Navy

 A report by the AP said that the Finnish military says it has dropped depth charges onto a suspected submarine in the sea outside Helsinki after twice detecting the presence of a foreign object in the area.   The navy's maritime operations chief, Olavi Jantunen


Russia Launches Quietest Submarine in the World

Image: Admiralty Shipyards (JSC Admiralteiskie Verfi)

 Russia has launched the fourth of its Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. Russia has launched what it claims to be the “quietest submarine in the world.”    Admiralty Shipyards - a Russian defense company - held a ceremonial launching for its newest


Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Terminal Sets Record Unloading

Image: Khorfakkan Container Terminal

 UAE based Gulftainer, a terminal operating and logistics company, set a new record for the handling of the largest unloading and loading of a single vessel call at its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), at 19,561 TEUs (Twenty-foot equivalent unit).  


Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source.


Hybrid Power for Workboats: The Future is Now

Deep Blue Hybrid by Torqeedo is a fully integrated scalable system, offering hybrid propulsion and providing complete onboard energy management.

Hybrid marine power and propulsion systems for workboats isn’t farfetched. In fact, it may be essential.   In 2015, two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power


IMO’s MEPC Set to Adopt Polar Code Provisions

Photo: IMO

Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee   The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London


Japan to Hand Over Data Ahead of Australia Submarine Bid

Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signalling Tokyo's intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan.


Australia Welcomes Japan to Join Submarine Tender

Australian sub-marine HMAS Collins. Photo credit: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has requested Japan to participate in procedures to become Australia's partner in a project to jointly develop next-generation submarines.   Andrews made the request in a telephone conversation with Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani who


MAJ Dir. Gen. Receives Global Award

Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, was deeply honoured to receive the prestigious IMO Themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015 "Maritime education and training", sponsored by the China Classification Society


Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia

Kevin King

International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow.  Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner






 
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